Tony Whiteman runs 4:07.4 road mile at age 45, beats Coe at 6 min

Olympic champ and former world record holder Sebastian Newbold Coe ran a road mile in 6 minutes flat Sunday at age 60. Not bad. But the real shocker was — again — Anthony Whiteman. Fresh off his series of M45 WRs in the 800, he put on his roadie shoes and clocked 4:08 in his section (but 4:07.4 by one report). Elite results show Tony was only 4 seconds behind race-winner Nick Goolab, 27. Within hours of finishing the Westminster Mile in front of Buckingham Palace, Tony was tweeting and Facebooking a question: Is there an official Road Mile M45 World Best time? Well, no. (Otherwise, downhill races would host all the WRs.) But the best response was by Neill W. Clark: “Given your times, Anthony, I think the record is whatever the hell you feel like running for a mile on an open road.” The listed M45 track record is Tony Young’s 4:16.09 from 2008. (John Trautmann has an indoor time of 4:12.33, and Young has an oversized indoor track time of 4:13.25). It’s only a matter of time before Whiteman goes sub-4:10 on the track.

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May 28, 2017

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  1. Matt B. - May 29, 2017

    Capable of 2 laps at 55 each- I’m sure and average of 61 per laps 4:04 is in his wheelhouse. Probably 3:47 1500 too.

  2. tb - July 9, 2017

    He ran it in 3:48.72 yesterday in Loughborough. I think that’s a WR:

  3. tb - July 9, 2017

    My bad. A report from the British Miler’s Club says he missed the WR by .19 seconds.

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